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Treasurer Stacy Garrity Announces Return of Nearly $15,000 in Unclaimed Property to Burgettstown Area School District

Burgettstown, PA - Pennsylvania Treasurer Stacy Garrity and Superintendent Stephen Puskar announced today that nearly $15,000 in unclaimed property has been returned to the Burgettstown Area School District.

“We’re working around the clock to reunite unclaimed property with its rightful owners, and I’m excited to get this money back to Burgettstown Area School District. This money will benefit both students and taxpayers in the school district, and I hope other districts will see this and take the opportunity to see if they’re owed any unclaimed property by searching on Treasury’s website.”

Pennsylvania State Treasurer Stacy Garrity

“In a time when the school funding formula is under scrutiny, and rightfully so, it is especially important that we capture every dollar meant to benefit the students within our school district. The students of the Burgettstown Area School District deserve the best education we can provide, and our taxpayers expect the school district to be good stewards of the District’s finances. Working in partnership with the team at the Treasury in pursuing the unclaimed property and having the money returned to our general fund helps us achieve both.”

Superintendent Stephen Puskar

The $14,398.21 returned to Burgettstown Area School District includes 8 individual properties ranging in value from $5.35 to $14,028.50. The oldest property dates back to 2005, while the most recent is from 2018. Properties returned include funds from accounts payable checks, credit balances, uncashed checks, and refund/rebates. The funds will be returned to the district’s general fund, where they will be used to support school programs.

“I appreciate Treasurer Garrity and her team for being so proactive in reconnecting people and entities with their rightful property. It’s especially commendable this time, because we’re looking out for taxpayers and the money will be used by the district to benefit our children’s education.”

Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-46)

“Investing in education is a top priority, so we’re grateful for Treasury returning these funds to the Burgettstown Area School District. The students, teachers and staff are deserving of this unexpected opportunity to advance their schools, and I look forward to learning how the money is used to benefit this community.”

Representative Joshua D. Kail (R-15)

Treasury is working to return more than $4.5 billion in unclaimed property to its rightful owners. More than one in ten Pennsylvanians is owed unclaimed property, and the average claim is worth about $1,600.

Unclaimed property can include dormant bank accounts, uncashed checks, insurance policies, contents of forgotten safe deposit boxes and more. State law requires businesses to report unclaimed property to Treasury after three years of dormancy.

Treasury keeps tangible unclaimed property for about three years before it is auctioned. Auction proceeds are kept in perpetuity for owners to claim. Military decorations and memorabilia are never auctioned.

To learn more about unclaimed property or to search Treasury’s database, visit patreasury.gov/unclaimed-property.

Media contacts:
Samantha Heckel, Press Secretary (Treasury), 717-418-0206 or sheckel@patreasury.gov
Stephen Puskar, Superintendent (Burgettstown Area SD), 724-947-8136 spuskar@burgettstown.k12.pa.us

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